The Minnesota winter season is a time of joy for many of us. We look forward to the first day of winter though winter in Minnesota often arrives long before the date on the calendar.
Our summer landscape changes shape as it is encased in ice and snow.
Familiar Minnesota vacation spots are a delight to explore in their winter dress.
What we really long for is the first heavy winter snowfall that makes it possible for us to indulge our passion for the outdoor activities that require snow and ice.
We hope you will agree that Minnesota vacations are just as much fun in winter as in summer!
“Well, in the winter, everything was still, nothing moved. Eight months of that. You can put it together. You can have some amazing hallucinogenic experiences doing nothing but looking out your window. There is also the summer, when it gets hot and sticky and the air is very metallic. There is a lot of Indian spirit. The earth there is unusual, filled with ore. So there is something happening that is hard to define. There is a magnetic attraction there. Maybe thousands and thousands of years ago, some planet bumped into the land there. There is a great spiritual quality throughout the Midwest. Very subtle, very strong, and that is where I grew up.” ~ Bob Dylan
It's true when we say that our state is an "all four seasons of the year" vacation destination.
Minnesota vacation spots like our resorts, state parks and natural outdoor beauty that attract visitors in summer are destinations for the best winter vacations as well. Get started with these 10 best winter vacation spots.
If you are looking for winter vacation ideas, look to the areas of Minnesota that are geared up in summer to accomodate visitors; they are ready to host your best winter vacations, winter family vacations and romantic winter vacation getaways.
Minnesota Resorts and Lodges are well prepared for winter vacations. Just some of the winter vacation ideas they accomodate include ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating. Some Minnesota resorts will arrange a dog-sledding tour for you or even a sleigh ride.
Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Inns as well look forward to your winter visits. They are perfect for romantic winter vacation getaways. Your hosts will tell you about all the winter activities nearby and offer you everything including hot chocolate, blazing fireplaces and relaxing Jacuzzis to warm you after your outdoor adventures.
Minnesota Ski Resorts may just be the best winter vacations destinations for winter family vacations. Whether you are an expert skier or a novice you will find skiing to meet your expectations. Expect all the amenities offered by Minnesota resorts and lodges year round.
Minnesota Waterpark Hotels are located in many parts of Minnesota. Whether you want to warm up after being out in the cold or want to hide from the cold, a waterpark hotel is a good choice.
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Minnesota Winter Activities and where and how to enjoy them! We celebrate winter with festivals, competitions, groomed trails to accomodate outdoor winter activities and even a sled dog race along the North Shore of Lake Superior.
List of Winter Sports includes everything from how to learn to ice skate, where to ski in Minnesota and to where to find the best snowshoeing trails.
Minnesota Ice Fishing is almost a cult in Minnesota in winter. Ice shanties and portable ice fishing shelters sprout like mushrooms on the lakes.
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When our kids were young, once school started they would begin to ask when is the first day of winter? I'm pretty sure that what they really wanted to know was "when will we get snowed in so we can miss school?" Since, at the time, we lived in a rural area where roads did not get plowed right away, we knew there might be quite a few days like that.
Here are winter sports you can enjoy during winter in Minnesota:
A Minnesota winter can bring to mind stories about some of our famous winter blizzards. We do indeed have some winters when the weather shuts down parts of the state for a day or so. Every state has its unique weather; ours at times includes lots of snow. This same snow creates our winter wonderland and winter vacation playground. We always suggest that residents and visitors alike stay updated on the latest winter weather predictions.
Even lifelong Minnesotans, like we are, have to brush up on winter driving safety tips when the first snow falls. One wise recommendation is to always carry a winter survival kit. The liklihood that you will need it is very small but we like the security it provides
When it snows in Minnesota, our road crews do an excellent job of clearing the roadways. Homeowners and business owners clear sidewalks as well. We rarely need our big snowblower though are glad to have it for the big snowfalls.
Jokes, Stories and Poems About a Minnesota Winter: our winter season offers lots of opportunity to laugh at ourselves and our winter ways. Here are a few of our favorites:
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